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 In the News, September 5, 2016 

Matthews and Mint Hill are big on charm and small-town appeal. Neighboring towns Matthews (with about 30,000 people) and Mint Hill (population about 25,000) share more than a common boundary. Both towns are steeped in history, offer numerous sports and outdoor opportunities and boast growing cultural and social scenes in their downtowns.

Cary assistant town manager retiring after helping shape town growth. Tim Bailey, Cary’s assistant town manager, is retiring after nearly 27 years with the Town of Cary. During his tenure, Bailey worked with hundreds of projects in town from roads to parks to utilities influenced major projects, including improvements to High House Road and Cary Parkway, constructing the North Cary Park and the Bond Park Community Center, and managing the town’s capital plan.

Town towers give chimney swifts a place to roost. Chimney swifts as a species have declined by over 60 percent in the last 40 years. Black Mountain local artist Libba Tracy working with her town officials proposed a unique community project which hopes to provide nesting and roosting options for the protected birds. Partnering with the town and the arts center are Audubon North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society to create two 14-foot-tall towers to house the birds.

Preservation Zebulon working to salvage town history. The town of Zebulon is full of history and historic buildings, including the Town Hall in the historic Wakelon School building. Now there’s a movement to preserve even more of its rich history. A new group called Preservation Zebulon is working to do just that: protect parts of the town that have historical significance.

Pipeline company must leave Oak Ridge land. The town of Oak Ridge said it had licked a giant when it pushed a local property owner and a national pipeline company to abandon a pipeline supply yard it had set up in violation of the town’s zoning code.

Ayden pursues food center. The Ayden Board of Commissioners voted unanimously earlier this week to approve the N.C. Department of Commerce to develop a pro forma business plan, market analysis and management plan for the proposed “N.C. Regional Food Commercialization Center at Ayden.”